Research Areas - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

Research Areas


Atmospheric Sciences

We study extreme weather, climate change, and their impacts on both ecosystems and modern society.


Environmental Geoscience

We use biology, chemistry, geology, and physics to understand how the Earth System supports such a diversity of life and how human behavior is impacting this system.


Geology and Geophysics

We study the processes that shape our planet, from the building of mountains and oil-bearing sedimentary basins, to the flow of warm rocks and cold glaciers, to the triggering of earthquakes.


Planetary Science

We study the evolution of the solar system and how planets evolve over time due to impacts, tectonics, and atmospheric processes, with an eye to the potential for past and future habitability.

Research News

EAPS-Led Research Explains Why Central Pressure Deficit is a Good Predictor of Storm Damage


The system for categorizing hurricanes accounts only for peak wind speeds, but research published in Nature Communications explains why central pressure deficit is a better indicator of economic damage from storms in the United States.

EAPS to Purchase New Weather Radar


A low-power weather radar designed to provide detailed weather observations is coming to the EAPS Atmospheric Science program.

Dr. Filley to Co-Lead Partnership with Peruvian University


Purdue University and the Purdue Research Foundation signed a strategic research and commercialization alliance on Tuesday (Oct. 31) with the Universidad Nacional de San Agustin (UNSA) in the Arequipa region of Peru to accelerate the development of sustainable solutions to the linked socioeconomic and environmental challenges impacting use and supply systems for the region’s food, water and energy.

Dr. Huber's Research Discovers Source of Urban Cooling Effect


As Earth’s climate continues to warm, the urban heat island effect raises concerns that city-dwellers will suffer more heat stress than their rural counterparts. However, new research suggests that some cities actually experience a cooling effect.

EAPS to Host Alumni Reception at Geological Society of America Meeting


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